Help! My computer is possesed!

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  1. Luis S

    Luis S Supporting Actor

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    Im getting really agrivated over here. My home page keeps getting jacked, Windows media pops up for no reason when I turn on my computer, porno pages pop up in the middle of casual surfing,and I cant clear IE history because the folder tab thats in is gone! [​IMG] What can I do? Anywhere on my pc I should look? Programs I could use to search and destroy these friggin bugs? Im using Windows XP Pro. Please, any help would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks in advance,

    Luis S
     
  2. NickSo

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    Go to lavasoft.de, download and run adaware...

    Its just a buncha spyware and junk... Most (if not all) of those problems should be fixed
     
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    Also do a google search for Spybot: Search and Destroy ... run it and Adaware together...they both look for spyware but they don't get everything independently...

    Hopefully these will solve your problem..

    Neal
     
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    Also make sure you're fully patched via the Microsoft Windows Update site and run a firewall such as ZoneAlarm.
     
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    Once you've done all that, switch to a different browser.

    -Christian
     
  7. Luis S

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    Thanks for the quick responses guys! [​IMG] [​IMG] You cant imagine how aggravating it is to be surfing around the HTF and then all of a sudden porn starts popping up out the yin yang! [​IMG]

    Unfortunately Ive tried adaware and zonealarm AND I even set up Windows own firewall! No luck [​IMG] About the only thing I haven't tried is Spybot. Though I have used Spysweeper, but whatever is hiding is doing a damn good job. It just wont go away...

    I'll give that a shot and see what happens. And as for changing browsers, any recommendations?

    Thanks again for all your help guys,I really appreciate it. [​IMG]


    Later,

    Luis S
     
  8. Luis S

    Luis S Supporting Actor

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    P.s. What the hell happened to my options tab (history,homepage,ect...) in IE? It just disapeared! I cant clear cookies temp files or history. Its like it was never there. Any ideas?

    Thanks again,

    Luis S
     
  9. NickSo

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    The spyware prolly messed up your registry... you can try downloading IE again and reinstalling it on top of your IE...

    For an alternative browser, check out MOZILLA at mozilla.org
     
  10. Kimmo Jaskari

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    You might want to start considering starting fresh with a new install of windows as well.

    A bit of work and possibly problematic to save your old data (depending a bit on your own knowledge level), but with all those problems you seem to be having, who knows what kind of nasty critters have lodged themselves on your hard drive?

    You could have trojans, backdoors or even a rootkit on there if it is acting possessed.

    Reinstall Windows from scratch, install a software firewall immediately (I like Sygate Personal, free too) and then update everything via windows update and also get the antivirus software of your choice. AntiVir is free for personal use.

    Anyway, a reinstall would be my recommendation (but as I said, just find a way to save your old data first before reformatting).

    For a great browser you might want to try, check out Opera at http://www.opera.com - another great choice would be Mozilla Firebird which is very streamlined and swift, available from http://www.mozilla.org
     
  11. Luis S

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    Oh no! Re-install windows? Howd I know one of you were going to suggest that. [​IMG] I have considered it though to be honest. Not really looking forward to it but I have a feeling that may be the bes way as youve mentioned Kimmo. If you or anyone else hve any other ideas before I go that far please let me know. Im gonna go try spybot now and see what happens, after that maybe itll be better. If not, re install it is.

    Thanks,

    Luis S
     
  12. Matt`G

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    Luis, another good one to check is http://housecall.antivirus.com -- it's an online virus scanner that works very well. I used it last week to remove a trojan from a computer that was experiencing similar issues.

    As others mentioned, your registry sounds a bit trampled. The best way to fix would be with a fresh windows install, and is probably the best recommendation. However, to fix your IE problem, I happen to know that registry entry (pays to have locked down IE in the past):

    Do start -> run -> regedit
    Browse to HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwarePoliciesMicrosoftInte rnet ExplorerRestrictions
    See if there's a NoBrowserOptions value on the left side... if it's set to 1, that's your problem. Select that value and delete it.

    Hope that helps at least for 1 of these issues. Good luck!
     

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